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Tina Gerhardt
Tina Gerhardt is an independent journalist and academic.

Her work has appeared in Alternet, Grist, The Nation, The Progressive and the Washington Monthly.

Entries by Tina Gerhardt

Mary Brown, Organizer of Valencia Street Bike Lanes + Historian of Mission Architecture, Passed on 12/10/15

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2016 | 7:50 PM

Mary Brown, Organizer of Valencia Street Bike Lanes + Historian of Mission Architecture, Passed on 12/10/15 - by Tina Gerhardt

If you have biked down the Valencia Street Bike Lanes in San Francisco you have benefited from the organizing work of long-time SF Mission resident Mary Brown, who passed on...

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U.S. Coal Exports

(3) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 4:39 PM

While President Obama's Climate Action Plan combined with the age of the coal power plants might suggest the death knell for coal in the U.S., a closer look suggests otherwise.

Demand for coal in the U.S. might be declining, but since 2000 it has been the fastest growing energy source...

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Federal Judge Grants Chevron Access to Private Internet Data

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 11:02 AM

On June 25, 2013, a federal judge approved a subpoena, to be served by Chevron to Microsoft, granting Chevron private Internet data related to 30 email addresses, including those related to environmental nonprofits, activists, journalists and lawyers.

This information forms part of a larger fishing expedition seeking information...

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The Constant of Change: Finding Meaning in Storms

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2013 | 1:01 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

"It is not a death when [icebergs] melt; it is not an end, but a continuation of their path through the cycle of life,"

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President Obama's Climate Action Plan and Domestic Coal

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 10:40 AM

"Then the coal company came with the world's largest shovel And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man." -- John Prine, "Paradise"

Last month,

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Obama's Climate Action Plan: Nuclear Energy?

(76) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 10:39 AM

Last week, President Obama presented his Climate Action Plan. The plan sets out 1) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon; 2) to prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change; and 3) to lead international efforts to avert global warming.

Although less in the...

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Japan Threatens to Restart Nuclear Power Plants

(16) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 1:08 PM

Japan is on course to restart its nuclear reactors, which have been off-line for safety inspections since the March 11, 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

As a result of the Fukushima disaster, Japan's 50 nuclear power plants were taken offline for safety checks....

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Obama's Climate Action Plan: Domestic Renewable Energy

(6) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 12:37 PM

2013-07-05-WindTurbing.jpg Last week, President Obama presented his Climate Action Plan. The plan sets out 1) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon; 2) to prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change; and 3) to lead international...

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Obama's Climate Action Plan: Natural Gas, Fracking, Methane and Mexico

(10) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 11:26 AM

Last week, President Obama presented his Climate Action Plan. The plan mainly sets out to reduce emissions, especially carbon emissions. It also aims to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Focusing on reducing carbon emissions was a welcomed move by environmentalists, green groups and activists, who have been...

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President Obama's Climate Action Plan

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 6:40 PM

This afternoon, in a speech delivered at Georgetown University, President Obama laid out his executive plan to fight climate change. Together with gun violence prevention and immigration reform, his climate legislation will form the major cornerstone of Obama's second-term legacy.

President Obama reminded that "climate change is no longer a...

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Bay Area Protests Welcome President Obama + Send Clear Message on Keystone XL Pipeline: NO!

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 7:05 PM

San Francisco, CA - Mass demonstrations welcomed President Obama to the Bay Area today and sent him a clear message on the Keystone XL Pipeline: Just say NO!

President Obama arrived in San Francisco's well-heeled Pacific Heights neighborhood at the home of former hedge fund manager turned environmental campaigner to...

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The State of the Union and Climate Change

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 1:26 PM

In his State of the Union address, President Obama brought renewed attention to climate change, calling out skeptics and urging action before it is too late:

For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Yes, it's true that no...
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ALEC Targets Renewable Energy Standards and Global Warming Education

(36) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 11:19 AM

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is suffering backlash from its battle on a new front: renewable energy standards.

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) have let their ALEC memberships expire, according to Greenwire.

Why? Last October, ALEC adopted the "

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Joseph Stiglitz and the World Economic Forum: Making the Connection Between Climate Change and Economics

(21) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 6:27 PM

On Monday the World Economic Forum (WEF) kicked off in Davos. Why is the WEF vital for climate change? As Kumi Naidoo put it, he is attending the WEF "to appeal to the most powerful that they have to move beyond an obsession with preserving a system that...

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After Fukushima, Nuclear Power on Collision Course With Japanese Public

(178) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 5:28 PM

On March 11, 2011, Japan was hit by a massive earthquake -- measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale -- and a tsunami with waves up to 65 feet high, leading to a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. As a result, Japan's 54 nuclear power plants were...

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Rio+20: A Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 7:15 PM

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -- On Friday afternoon, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development convened. Dubbed Rio+20, the conference was the largest UN summit ever held and marked the 20-year anniversary of the original Earth Summit also held in Rio.

Attended by 50,000, the three-day conference brought together heads...

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Rio+20 Kicks Off!

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 3:56 PM

This morning, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) kicked off in Brazil.

2012-06-20-ABIP.jpg©Spectral Q/Chico/Paulo

From June 20-22, 2012, the conference brings together around 50,000 people: heads of states and delegates, business leaders and the private sector, NGOs, journalists, environmentalists, activists, indigenous groups and...

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Get It Done! Youth to UN on Internationally Binding Climate Treaty

(5) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 2:07 PM

As the sun had risen in Durban, the Durban Platform was passed at the COP 17. Yet in a replay of Copenhagen two years ago, backroom texts emerged at the 11th hour and the process was thrown into disarray.

South African Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, president of the COP 17,...

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America's Pacific Century?

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 12:02 PM

As international attention focuses on the economic situation of the EU -- the rollercoaster political-economic ride of events unfolding in Greece and Italy and the G20 summit in Cannes -- and domestic attention focuses on the Occupy Wall Street movement and the XL Keystone Pipeline protests, President Obama shifts gears...

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Street Heat at APEC

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2011 | 9:12 PM

Honolulu, Hawai'i - The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit kicked off on Tuesday, November 8 and runs through Sunday, November 13, 2011.

Numerous actions have been protesting the APEC summit. And not only here in Honolulu.

The summit brings together 21 Pacific Rim economies. Currently, the United States is...

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